Climate Change

Created by: Ryan Lewis

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How effectively can technology control climate change?

People will have to switch from getting most of their energy from burning fossil fuels to getting most of their energy from a wide variety of clean energy sources.

Clean energy technologies like wind and solar power produce energy without burning fossil fuels. Other technologies reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency or by capturing these gases before they can enter the atmosphere.

Ghana - Sucessfully takes on 'Climate Change Policies'

Ghana’s National Climate Change Policy, which was recently approved by Cabinet (Sept. 2013), is in three phases with the first phase being the presentation of the policy. The second phase presents the initiatives and programs identified in the form of action plans for implementation. The last phase details how climate change programs and actions, identified in the second phase, could be mainstreamed, time-bound, budgeted for and translated into annual work plans of implementing units.

- January 29, 2014, government ministers, members of parliament and other high-level policy makers in Ghana took part in a seminar on the impact of climate change and long-term climate risks for agriculture and food security.

-Ghana is well endowed with renewable energy resources, particularly solar and biomass energy resources. Blue Energy unveiled plans to build a 155 MW solar power plant in Ghana; a project which analysts say will be the largest of its kind on the continent.

Nigeria & Pakistan - Unsucessfully takes on 'Climate Change Policies'

Nigeria

Nigeria has a poor environment from polluted waters and industrial waste. Their health as a nation is greatly reduced and impacted by non-green living practices. Due to lack of water, the country over-farms the little fertile ground that exists. This leads to soil erosion and poor-quality foods. Industry in Nigeria also gives little thought to the environment.


Pakistan

Pakistan is also low on the environmentally-friendly score sheet. The country produces a large amount of oil, which damages the ground. Pakistan too, has reduced fertile areas, leading to the over-farming of natural resources and food sources. Because of excessive mining and oil production, the pollution level is high.


Both countries lack in Climate change polices and as developing countries the environment is not a priority to the growth of their economy and infrastructure.

Bermuda - Tackling Climate Change

In 2011 the Energy White Paper set a goal of 30% renewable energy by 2020 and a reduction in Bermuda’s CO2 emissions below 10 metric tonnes equivalent by 2020. However, the Government has not reiterated their support for the these goals, subsidies for residential solar power have been withdrawn, and the cap of 200 solar roofs, set in 2009, has not been revised. Renewable technology has been advancing rapidly in the last 5 years and becoming more efficient and cost effective. At the same time the threat posed by global climate change has become more obvious and immediate. Bermuda needs a clear and rational energy policy to address these threats and take advantage of the opportunities.